Creative Recovery is a movement of people who use creativity to bring about social change, inspire community spirit and boost well-being and Recovery. We are innovative, dynamic and collaborative, putting people at the heart of it! Our experienced artists use a person-centered approach to create safe spaces and unique projects where individuals can thrive.



Creativity- The Magic Elixir


We all have creativity within us.  We believe that creativity helps us become unstuck and starts us moving forward again.  It sparks curiosity, soothes the mind, broadens horizons and reconnects us with the world.  There is strong evidence today that being creative is great for your health!  From lowering blood pressure to releasing ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain.



•      Learn new skills, discover your talents and share them


•      Take time to reflect, tell your story, see things afresh


•      Connect with others and make new friends






Creative Recovery (Creative Recovery CIO) is a registered charity with the Charity Commission. Charity Registration Number: 1158073


"It's an enriching experience that I wouldn't miss for the world"



A social, vibrant art space for seeding creative ideas. We welcome people who’ve experienced drug and alcohol issues to unearth hidden talents and find new ways to support Recovery.


Weekly sessions include...


OPEN ART STUDIO - Bring your ideas, create your own artwork and exhibit with our group.


CREATIVE TASTERS - Come and ‘dip your toes’ with mini artist-led making sessions.


GROUP COLLABORATIONS - From Street Art to Textiles projects we work together to achieve something to

share with others, making recovery visible!


“the process of working creatively as a group towards an end goal is a great life and recovery lesson,

you realise that you can achieve great things bit by bit and you learn to work as a team.”


Mondays 1-4.30pm-  The Hut (old art rooms), behind 12 Victoria St, Barnsley-  Call Helen 078 3393 6019 to arrange a meet up 10 minutes before the session as The Hut is tricky to find and we do have the occasional break.


"When you see these ideas coming together it dares you to think it is possible in your own life too"

Re:Sound, in the word of Re:Sounders:


Re:Sound is “somewhere where you can come and express yourself through the music. You know when you’re tongue tied for words but then you can write it down”. “ You’re not judged, you’re not labelled and that whats good about the place”. “ It’s just a nice environment, it’s a brilliant atmosphere, there’s no stress."


It’s a “big release of my emotions and thats what the music has done for me” . “It’s helped me to believe in myself more, and achieve a lot of goals and dreams, and having the chance to do what I’ve always wanted to do.”


We have just started a new exciting project called Re:Sound Reach Out, where we will be getting out and about with our very own street piano and running more of our popular “Alternative Nite Out” events.


For more information about Re:Sound contact the office or call Project Leader, Hayley for more info on 07885900257 or contact the Creative Recovery Office.


The Re:Sound Reach Out Project is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.



Re: Sound: A music project supporting and promoting Recovery in Barnsley. We are passionate about music. We aim to reach out to others and share messages of hope.


There are many ways you can get involved; be it you are interested in learning to play an instrument, writing songs or helping out at our events.


 “ It took me out of my isolated bubble.”

A unique, free programme of special days out, designed by artists to help you connect with other people, create memories and discover treasures right on the doorstep.


From workshops to festivals, camps to takeovers, choose the events that suit you. We all need to UPLIFT ourselves from time to time.  To sign up for a 3 month UPLIFT contact Creative Recovery on (01226) 320100 (ex 104).  Our friendly team will complete a short form over the phone and you’ll receive a wall planner and calendar so that you can start UPLIFTing yourself and your family straight away.


"UPLIFT has transformed my life-  for the better. Before I was socially isolated and had no channel for my artistic and creative side. UPLIFT activities have been rewarding in their own right but have also enlarged my social network. I count several people I have met as my friends now."

"Here  I am accepted wholeheartedly and  I belong for the  first time in my life"


‘A REET GOOD NIGHT OUT’ with a difference!


In a chilled, social atmosphere artists and musicians join us for a fun creative evening

Each Arts Café Night offers a soul warming blend of art, music, poetry, and food.  We are a community that meets because we believe that connecting with others and being creative is great for our wellbeing!  We welcome families too!

Wednesday evening 5.30-8pm, The Exchange (Moorland Court), 33 Gawber Rd, Barnsley

People say…‘It’s an enriching experience that I wouldn’t miss for the world’

‘The Live Arts Café has rescued me from the isolation in my own head’

£2 admission (goes back into the project)





Our Ethos


 We are led by our members through regular ‘Steering Meetings’

People participate in whatever way they feel comfortable.  There is no pressure!


At D.I.Y sessions members run the show! (monthly)


People are invited to share their creative talents, showing work, sharing skills, and performing if they choose.


Everyone is accepted for who they are and valued for what they bring

Get Involved!


We have breaks for holidays; call Helen to find out what happening! M; 078 3393 6019.  We have a regular newsletter.  Contact Helen on helenboutle@blueyonder.co.uk to be placed on our emailing list




We are always keen to hear from like-minded people who share our passion and ethos.  We seek out opportunities to collaborate with other groups, form new partnerships and develop new approaches within the area of arts and health.





Volunteers are the beating heart of what we do.  Whether you can offer a little or a lot…we welcome new ideas and all contributions are valued!


We are looking for volunteers to help Creative Recovery, whether it be supporting at a project and events or helping with the day to day running of the Charity.


Our work is made possible with funding and support. Thank you!

Tel  :  01226 320100 (ext 104)




Email: wearecreativerecovery@gmail.com


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